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Padres' Stauffer starts season on DL

The San Diego Padres have recalled pitcher Brad Brach from Triple-A Tucson and placed pitcher Tim Stauffer on the 15-day disabled list.

Stauffer, who has a strained right elbow, went 9-12 with a 3.73 earned run average in 31 starts for the Padres last season.

The 25-year-old Brach will make his first appearance on an Opening Day roster. He made his MLB debut with San Diego last year, going 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA in nine relief appearances.

In addition, right-handed pitcher Erik Hamren cleared outright waivers and was assigned to Double-A San Antonio.